Can you have a face lift without a neck lift or vice versa?

Occasionally a patient here in Bakersfield will ask me if I’ll do just their face lift or just their neck lift instead of combining both of them in one surgery. Sometimes they ask this because they think only one area needs rejuvenation, and sometimes they ask because they’re trying to save a little money and plan to have one area treated now and the other treated later.

There are two reasons why face lifts and neck lifts are both done in one procedure:

  • In a neck lift, the neck skin is lifted and redraped behind the ears. While this area is open, I can undermine the cheek area (the SMAS) and lift that as well, all at the same time. Why not do that while I’m already in that neck of the woods (pun intended) instead of doing another procedure later?
  • When just the face or neck is done without the other, there is an obvious visual “disconnect.” The rejuvenated area becomes more pronounced as having had a procedure. Doing the neck and face together creates a more youthful result with the entire area in harmony.

Although I have occasionally done the face without the neck, it’s not my preference for the reasons above. If you’re considering facial rejuvenation, remember, most people “take in” your face and neck all at the same time; ie, it’s seen as one area. You can see from the before/after above, that the neck would look quite obviously older had this patient not had a neck lift along with her face lift.

To your health and beauty,

Vip Dev, MD


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